Los Gigantes Travel Guide

Los Gigantes (The Giants) is aptly named after the Acantilados de los Gigantes, which are the large, striking cliffs that surround this attractive destination. The resort is set on the west coast of Tenerife and is essentially joined together with its neighbours, Playa la Arena and Puerto Santiago, providing visitors with an exciting experience. A concerted effort has been made not to destroy the natural beauty of the town and as such there are none of the towering hotels common to other Spanish tourist resorts. The scenery is dominated by a rocky cliff that's 2,600 feet (800 metres) high in places. With plenty of shops, restaurants and activities to keep holidaymakers entertained, well-fed and happy, Los Gigantes is ideal for a relaxing holiday.


The resort's commercial centre lies uphill from the marina, and its shops range from supermarkets to upscale fashion boutiques. The nearby village of Masca also has a few independent souvenir shops that sell unique items such as local pottery, liquor made from bananas or honey, and embroidered tablecloths and clothing. Los Gigantes is a good resort for shopping and the proximity of a number of other resorts and villages ensures there's plenty of variety.


There are quite a few restaurants and bars at the marina, and seafood is the local speciality, especially paella. Guests may not smoke indoors in most restaurants, but smoking is allowed on covered verandas and in marked areas.


Although Los Gigantes has a selection of bars and even nightclubs, it's a peaceful resort and does not have an energetic nightlife. Much of the live music and entertainment in Los Gigantes is provided by the hotels and restaurants. Visitors will hear jazz, salsa, rock music, and the local folk music called Tenderete. Most of the bars and clubs in the resort are centred in Santiago Bajo.

Holiday activities

Los Gigantes has a lovely, upmarket marina, which visitors can use as a starting point for boat trips to explore the imposing cliff faces, enjoy dolphin and whale watching excursions or trips to neighbouring resorts. The resort's small beach has black volcanic sand and good swimming conditions, and neighbouring Playa la Arena offers a larger version. There are also a number of water sports and activities such as big game fishing on offer, and those who hire a car will find many interesting sights and sounds in the surrounding areas. A not-to-be-missed event in the town is the annual carnival held in the week after Ash Wednesday. Visitors will find that although Los Gigantes is not party central, there's still plenty to see and do year round.

Any negatives?

Los Gigantes is hilly, with narrow streets that can be difficult to traverse for people with mobility issues. Youngsters in search of a party may be disappointed with the sedate nightlife.